★★★★☆The opening shot features the new Mel and Sue — Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding (in no particular order) — flying in a hot-air balloon over England’s green and pleasant land in search of the Bake Off tent. Fielding is in a stovepipe hat and old-fashioned pilot goggles; Toksvig pretends to take a call from Sue. Love Productions has taken the formula that won over 10 to 15 million viewers each week and . well, kept it the same. Same tent, same bright-and-plinky strings on…
August 22, 2017 11:11 UTC
Younes Abouyaaqoub, who is alleged to have crashed into dozens of pedestrians on La Ramblas, was shot dead by police officers yesterday EPAThe imam who is suspected of masterminding the Barcelona terrorist attacks evaded deportation from Spain by claiming his human rights would be violated, it emerged today as four alleged members of the terror cell appeared in court. Abdelbaki Es Satty is suspected of masterminding the Barcelona attacksThe four men faced a judge in a Madrid court this morning and were questioned over the double terror attack on Thursday which killed 14 people. Driss Oukabir, Mohamed Aallaa, Salh el-Karib and Mohamed Houli Chemal were arrested in the aftermath of the atrocities in Barcelona and Cambrils, a resort 61 miles south of Barcelona. Abdelbaki Es Satty, 40, the imam who is belived to have radicalised the terror cell, was jailed for four years in 2012 for smuggling marijuana from Morocco to Spain. He died after accidentally…
August 22, 2017 11:03 UTC
Provident Financial’s stock market value has more than halved after the doorstep lender issued its second profit warning in two months, parted company with its chief executive and cancelled a dividend for shareholders. Its chief executive, Peter Crook, who oversaw the change, has stepped down, with Manjit Wolstenholme taking on the role of executive chairman. Shares in the sub-prime lender have fallen 70% so far on Tuesday, from more than £17 to 448p, wiping nearly £2bn off its stock market value. But in a statement to the stock market, Provident said the software had presented some early issues, while the new operating model had “not allowed sufficient local autonomy”, leading to poor allocation of resources. Analysts at RBC Capital Markets called the string of negative announcements a “quadruple whammy” as Provident’s share price nosedived.
August 22, 2017 09:41 UTC
He just has to sit in a locked room with the similarly placid Antonio Conte and make sure not to upset the Chelsea manager. Try not to have a debate about whether it’s ever acceptable to break up with someone with a text message. Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe's top five leagues Read moreIt’s looking like a busy end to the month for Chelsea. West Ham still want William Carvalho, but they aren’t willing to meet the Sporting Lisbon’s £40m buyout clause. Get (free) transfer notifications for all the clubs in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga
August 22, 2017 07:52 UTC
The former chancellor said the high-speed rail link would bring 20 million businesses within 90 minutes of a northern city DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty ImagesGeorge Osborne, the former chancellor, has urged Theresa May to invest in high-speed rail lines across the north of England to unlock its economy and attract voters. Mr Osborne said that his Northern Powerhouse initiative, launched while he was in government, had survived a “systematic attempt” to bury it by the prime minister’s aides, and that a new line from Liverpool to Hull could transform the northern economy. “Far be it from me to offer advice to the prime minister on how to relaunch her premiership this autumn, but making this big commitment to the north at the Conservative conference in Manchester would not be a bad place to start,” Mr Osborne wrote in the Financial Times. A high-speed line from Liverpool to Hull — billed…
August 22, 2017 07:52 UTC
Lidl has overtaken Waitrose to become the UK’s seventh largest grocer as increasingly cash-strapped shoppers turn to the discounters. Fellow discounter Aldi’s sales rose by 17.2%, giving it a 7% market share. Although Lidl has overtaken Waitrose, the upmarket grocer’s share of sales held steady at 5.1%. “The big four now account for just 69.3% of the UK grocery market – down from 76.3% five years ago – and that looks set to fall further in the coming months.”The grocery market is being lifted by inflation, underpinned by the fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote last year. While overall supermarket sales rose 4% during the period, Kantar said poor weather had affected sales of summer favourites in the past month.
August 22, 2017 07:44 UTC
The supreme court in Delhi took up the issue last year in response to a petition from seven victims and women’s groups. Campaigners hailed the supreme court’s 3-2 decision as a huge victory for India’s 90 million Muslim women. It grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment. Each of the five supreme court judges belonged to one of India’s main faiths – Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. “It is a historic victory for Muslim women, something we have been working for for 10 years,” she said.
August 22, 2017 07:12 UTC
Not with a bang but a whimper.” With speculation that Marks and Spencer might be the next big name to abandon Bolton town centre, TS Eliot might well have been writing about my home town. At a food bank warehouse in the town centre, volunteers made clear their sense of despair over the state of their town. Facebook Twitter Pinterest An old mill on the edge of Bolton town centre. “I think we’ve missed some opportunities in Bolton town centre. There are more people since the recession coming into Bolton town centre and spending money.”The market town was granted its charter in 1251 and was small, but occasionally significant, for the next 500 years.
August 22, 2017 06:11 UTC
We are seeing thousands of dollars of fruit stolen in a single hit and people’s livelihoods are getting ruined … it is not like just stealing a couple of mandarins off your neighbours tree, we take it very seriously.”Last year, police reported most of the stolen fruit cropping up in pop-up roadside stalls, and small shops. Some thieves are using an intermediary to sell the stolen fruit, said Brown, a criminal partner who “may look more respectable” to front up and pose as a legitimate orchard owner. The only avocados available in New Zealand are grown in the country, and the season runs from August to March. The domestic and global demand for avocados has helped fuel growth in the New Zealand industry, which has swollen from NZ$70m in 2013 to NZ$198m in 2017. New Zealand exports avocado to ten countries, and it has become the country’s third largest fresh fruit export.
August 22, 2017 06:08 UTC
The group of strangely coloured canines was first spotted on 11 August prompting locals to complain to the local pollution control boardAuthorities in Mumbai have shut down a manufacturing company after it was accused of dumping untreated industrial waste and dyes into a local river that resulted in 11 dogs turning blue. “It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue,” said Arati Chauhan, head of the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell, told the Times. The board investigated, shutting down the company on Wednesday after confirming that canines were turning blue due to air and water pollution linked to the plant. An animal welfare agency managed to capture one of the dogs and wash some of the blue dye off. According to data obtained by NGO Watchdog Foundation through right to information, there are 977 chemical, pharmaceutical, engineering and food processing factories in the Taloja industrial area, located outside Mumbai.
August 22, 2017 05:50 UTC
Top story: Trump expands Afghanistan campaignHello – it’s Warren Murray with the stories you need to be well versed in this morning. Donald Trump said he wanted to stop the country becoming a safe haven for terrorists, honour past American service there by finishing the job, and improve stability in south Asia. Trump told troops at Fort Myer in Virginia that “my original instinct was to pull out” until advisers swayed him towards raising the stakes once more in the 16-year-old conflict. “Our nation must seek an honourable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made,” he said. Sign upIf you would like to receive the Guardian Morning Briefing by email every weekday at 7am, sign up here.
August 22, 2017 05:26 UTC